Johns Hopkins University - The overall experience at the University has been satisfactory; however, there have been bumps in the road. | Glassdoor
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"The overall experience at the University has been satisfactory; however, there have been bumps in the road."

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Current Employee - PhD Student (Life Sciences) in Baltimore, MD
Current Employee - PhD Student (Life Sciences) in Baltimore, MD
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

The academic environment is rich in knowledge and resources. Despite common opinion, Baltimore can be a comfortable (safe and affordable) city to pursue graduate work. The phd student stipend is similar to other graduate programs. However, since Baltimore is an affordable city, the stipend goes far compared to similar programs in NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, LA, etc.

Cons

Everywhere you go, you can find bad apples in the bunch. There are some professors (and students) who are full of themselves and are not always a pleasure to work with.

As a black graduate student, the experience has been isolating and there is not much of an administrative effort to address minority student issues. In addition, there are very little protections in place for graduate students/post-docs abused by their "advisors" (including advisors who yell at and bully their students into submission, foreign students/post-docs (and possibly Americans) working 100+ hr weeks from demanding professors who pay them less than NIH guidelines or nothing).

Finally, the University is politically and administratively segregated into various schools. This separation makes students (and possibly faculty) feel very confined within their own school and limits the ability to collaborate and connect outside of one's school. This separation leads to very different experiences depending on where you are in the University or School. Even within a Department, students can have very different experiences depending on which lab you choose to join.

Advice to Management

Put in place a system where students/post-docs feel comfortable reporting their advisor's unprofessional (and in some cases illegal) activities. Recruit, hire and retain more minority FACULTY (TENURE TRACK PROFESSORS NOT RESEARCH ASSOCIATES). Tear down the walls and make the University one cohesive unit.

Other Employee Reviews for Johns Hopkins University

  1. "Wonderful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The community provided at Hopkins is unparalleled. The benefits are wonderful for both student and professional workers, and the community of support and encouragement is outstanding.

    Cons

    Payroll services for student employees can sometimes be disorganized and cause student workers to miss paychecks.


  2. "Hopkins opens a door for creativity and challenge. While you work here, you can get refined at so many things."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Shapes you to be a very creative person and helps you with your overall development in your career. Good benefits. Amazing public transit.

    Cons

    Low pay. Senior management doesn't look to entertain new trends and ideas. Bad neighborhood. Located in Baltimore. Benefits change according to title. LOW PAY LOW PAY!

    Advice to Management

    Please increase the pay, benefits are helpful but without pay benefits are of no use. Also, do give importance to new and creative ideas


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